The charming, critically acclaimed 1988 movie Big starring Tom Hanks was made into a Broadway musical in 1996, but failed to find an audience. Big the Musical was much revised for a national tour, and has since become a huge hit, with both critical and audience acclaim. As in the film, a fortune-telling machine grants 12-year-old Billy his wish to be a grownup, and he awakens the next day to find himself in a 30-year old body. Even though he finds his dream job as an inventor at a toy company, Billy yearns to return to his young adolescent form. The play’s director, Rozie Curtis, says: “We are thrilled to bring such a fun and exuberant musical to Miller Outdoor Theatre audiences. It is exciting and challenging to bring to life a show that’s filled with high-energy musical numbers, including the dance scene on the gigantic keyboard!” Big the Musical is presented by Theatre Under The Stars’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre.
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11 a.m. June 11 to 13; 8:15 p.m. June 13 and 14. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 281-373-3386 or visit milleroutdoortheatre.com. Free.
June 11-13, 11 a.m.; June 13-14, 8:15 p.m., 2014